Whether you’ve been blogging for many years or you’re just getting started, it’s essential to know which tools, resources, and services will benefit you the most. While there are many different options, and of course you’ll get many different opinions, today I’m going to share my suggestions for the 5 tools every blogger needs. Keep reading.
- A high-quality, reliable web host. This is one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a blogger. A reputable and dependable web host is an absolute must, because it’s the very foundation of your site. There are many available choices, and my favorite is HostGator. I’ve been with them for almost 3 years, and it’s been a great experience. I’ve had very little downtime on my site, and on the couple of occasions when I’ve had a problem, HostGator’s customer service was amazing and quick to resolve my issue.
- A premium blog theme. There are so many blog themes available out there, and some of them are even free. But with a premium theme, your customization options will be greater and your site performance will be better, making the user experience far more enjoyable for your readers. I love the Studiopress themes, as well as Restored 316 and Pretty Darn Cute Design. The versatile Genesis framework can be used with child themes from any of these providers.
- A quality photo editor. I used to think that as a blogger, I had to buy and learn to use an expensive and complicated editing program like PhotoShop. Nope. There are some great online options available, like Picmonkey. With both free and paid versions, I believe most bloggers can do everything they need with a Picmonkey account.
- An awesome way to capture email addresses and send new blog posts. I can’t recommend Mailchimp highly enough whether you want to send a full-blown newsletter, or just push new blog posts out to your readers as you publish them. Depending upon the size of your subscriber list, you might even be able to use Mailchimp for free and if not, you’ll find their prices more than reasonable.
- A great blogging roadmap. I’ve written before about Building a Framework, the amazing blogging e-book by Abby Lawson. This book is an easy read, and it’s one you’ll want to refer back to again and again because it chock full of so much incredible information. No matter how long you’ve been blogging, there is something in this book that will be beneficial for you. I promise.
These are just a few of the tools I use for my blog each and every day, and they’re the same tools I recommend to my clients. You won’t go wrong putting your trust in any of these resources, and that’s a promise I feel comfortable making.
What are some of your favorite blogging resources and tools? Let’s talk about it in comments below.
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